Beneath the Vale

Beneath the Vale magazine is published four times a year on behalf of Upper Marshwood Vale Parish Council. To contact the magazine, please email

NP public meetings at Marshwood church and Stoke Abbott village hall

At Marshwood church on Saturday 18 June (10-12 am), and at Stoke Abbott village hall on Sunday 19 June (2-4 ...
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Prime Coppice Bridge

New bridge a lifeline for wood

A new bridge installed on one of the bridleways at Prime Coppice in Marshwood parish is ‘a lifeline for the ...
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Shave Cross mini marathon

Seventy years of the Shave Cross Mini Marathon

‘On a Saturday night in June 1947 some local men felt in a contemplative mood after a few drinks at ...
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Upper Marshwood Vale Parish Council

Parish council meetings December & February

Council meeting 15th December 2016: Parishes get a minimal increase on the precept. Your chairman, Matthew Bowditch began by asking ...
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The Bottle Inn

End of an era at the The Bottle Inn

As Beneath The Vale went to press, landlords Nigel and Chrissy Blake had just moved out of The Bottle Inn ...
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Recipe – quick and easy soups for spring

Recipe: Quick and easy soups for spring. By Joy McClellan Carrot and orange soup Serves 4-6 25g butter 1 medium onion, ...
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Marshwood future

Children’s visions of the future

A hotel, a fun park, a museum, campsite and bigger shop were among ideas by children from Marshwood primary school ...
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Constables sword

Curiosities of the Vale: The Constable’s Sword

This sword is owned by the Bowditch family of Stoke Abbott. It is approximately 170 years old. In the early ...
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Fingerpost near Shave Cross

Community Land Trust supports fingerpost repairs

At the annual general meeting of Marshwood Community Land Trust, David Hitchcock, the chairman, summed up their successful campaign to ...
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Upper Marshwood Vale Parish Council

Parish Council meetings September and November

15 September A brief meeting where the main topic was funding for repair of fingerpost signs. David Hitchcock, chairman of ...
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Tawny owl in Little Giant wood

Volunteers wanted to help look after Little Giant Wood

Teasel the tawny owl was one of the stars at an open day in Little Giant Wood in Stoke Abbott ...
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Bottle Inn

Bottle Inn wins CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year

The Bottle Inn at Marshwood has been declared Wessex Regional Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale ...
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